Timberwolves' Anthony Edwards makes ESPN interview appearance and doesn't disappoint

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Jan. 28—Fresh off his 40-point performance against Portland on Tuesday, Anthony Edwards was called to talk Timberwolves and himself on ESPN's daily program, NBA Today with host Malika Andrews and former player Kendrick Perkins.

Edwards said he's "super confident" the Timberwolves can make noise in the playoffs, adding he feels like they can "beat anybody" and if he comes in locked in everyday, "can't nobody stop us."

Who is the hardest player to guard in the league? "Myself because I'm unstoppable." Anthony Edwards joins @KendrickPerkins and me on NBA Today: pic.twitter.com/ZlEwxfZ3Io

— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) January 27, 2022

It was pointed out to Edwards' four 40-point games ties him with Kevin Durant and Luka Doncic for second all-time in 40-point games before turning 21 years old. He trails only LeBron James, who had eight such performances. James is Edwards' next target.

"I'm trying to get more than all of them," he said. "I don't turn 21 until next season, so yeah, I'm trying to get more than eight."

Edwards was asked who the player was who he felt was the hardest to guard in the NBA. His response: Anthony Edwards.

"Because I'm unstoppable," he said.

Asked what his favorite nickname for himself is, he went with "Black Jesus," which was the most recent name he coined for himself after the win over Portland.

"That's the new one," he said. "That's the one I'm going to take with me, for sure."

ALL-STAR VOTING

All-star starters were announced Thursday night on national television, and the major name Minnesota fans will recognize is Andrew Wiggins, who earned a nod through the process that combines fan votes, media votes and player votes.

Wiggins was boosted by the fan vote, where he finished third among Western Conference forwards. The media overwhelmingly voted for Rudy Gobert to occupy the third forward spot alongside James and Nikola Jokic.

Some fans on social media were upset Wiggins got the final starter spot over Karl-Anthony Towns, whose numbers are far gaudier than those of his former teammate. But Towns finished seventh at the position in the voting process. He was fifth in media voting, seventh in player voting and eighth in fan voting.

All-Star reserves — which are determined by the coaches — will be announced next week, and Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said he's confident Towns will be named to the team. Edwards could be, as well, though that's more of a long shot. But Edwards does appear to have the respect of his peers. The second-year standout finished eighth among Western Conference guards in player voting and 10th overall.

Many Timberwolves received player votes, which can be wonky as a number of players just vote for friends or former teammates. Here are the Wolves who received player votes, with the number of votes received in parentheses: Towns (41), Edwards (18), Jarred Vanderbilt (10), D'Angelo Russell (10), Naz Reid (6), Patrick Beverley (4), Malik Beasley (3), Jaden McDaniels (3), McKinley Wright IV (2), Taurean Prince (2), Nathan Knight (2), Jordan McLaughlin (1) and Chris Silva (1).